BC Soccer Announces Full Membership Ability for Private Soccer Organizations

We are extremely excited to announce that at BC Soccer’s AGM meeting on Nov 5, 2020, a historic vote took place that positively benefits all soccer academies in the Province of British Columbia.

BC Soccer has officially passed a motion allowing for ‘for-profit’ soccer organizations, like Faly Academy, to join the Association as full members. It’s been an extremely long road to achieve this vote and all the coaches at the academy want to thank the group of parents who have worked diligently behind the scenes over the past 5 years on the behalf of FA to gain support within the entire B.C. soccer community.

You will likely have many questions regarding when we will actually be officially a part of the local leagues.  As you can imagine, there is a lot of work to do in order to ensure a successful official season. The deadline for all leagues to include ‘for-profit’ organizations is fall of 2022. There may be opportunities to enter a league earlier which we will continue to look into for our Academy.

Click here to read more regarding this historic vote, please click on the link below.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Doing Your Best to Reduce Rise in Cases

We would like to thank the players who have been following our Covid rules carefully.  Players have been wearing masks and sanitizing their hands when they arrive and leave games and practices.  Please continue to remind them when you drop them off at practices.

If you are sick, STAY HOME.

Covid numbers are rising and we have to do our do our very best to keep our players and coaches healthy.  With this in mind, we may have to create training cohorts of 6 players moving forward.

If we have a case of Covid, keeping the players in specific training cohorts will help the health authority with contact tracing and hopefully, avoid having large groups of players/ coaches exposed to the virus at one time.

Coaches will be asking their players the following questions:

1.      Which city do they live in and school do they attend?

2.      Are any of the players on their team in their school cohort?

3.      Do you carpool regularly with a player?

We hope to gather this information very quickly.

As well, we may have to change how we organize practices.  Like in July, skills that enable players to remain in their cohorts and keep players at least 2M apart.  

Finally, in the coming months, if the local health authority decides to stop all sports, we will be moving all practices to mandatory Zoom sessions.  Players will be provided the link from their coach via TeamSnap and players will be expected to attend all Zoom practices.  As well, we are currently working on an independent at home fitness program for the players.  This will be provided to all players via TeamSnap soon.  We are determined to ensure that the boys’ mental and physical health remains intact over the Winter months.

Let’s hope that we are able to continue to train together in the coming months but if we cannot, we have a full plan ready to implement.

We ask that you continue to communicate with your coach if your son is struggling in anyway.  We are here for our boys and want to do our part to keep them healthy in all respects.

The situation will remain fluid and I ask everyone to keep in mind that we are doing the best we can under the rules we must operate.  The rules are constantly changing as the virus condition changes.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Start of Season Safety Reminders

Today marks the official start to our season.  All the coaches are extremely excited to start training all the players and we look forward to seeing everyone on the field.

We are certain that there will be many disruptions throughout the season and so, we ask that we all are kind and patient towards each other.

Be safe.  Follow Health Canada’s and BC Soccers Covid 19 guidelines.  These will be strictly enforced:

1.    If your child(ren) presents ANY common-cold, influenza, or COVID-19 symptoms even if mild, please keep them at home.

Symptoms include:
– Running NoseTemperature
– Cough
– Stomach Ache
– Diarrhea
– Headache
– Body aches and/or pains
– Rash

2.    If any family members have recently travelled outside the country, please keep your player home.

3.    All players must sanitize their hands before entering the pitch.

4.    Players are NOT permitted to handshaking, fist pump, high five or hug a coach or fellow player.

5.    If having a pre or post training discussion with a coach, players are expected to physically distance by 2M.

6.    Players will expected to train at their team’s or group’s specified training times.  Please stay in your cohort train pods.

7.    If carpooling, we suggest that all car members where a mask.

8.    If the Coastal Health authority contacts you regarding potential exposure to the virus, please contact Faly Basse, Technical Director so that he is aware of any protocols the academy may have to implement.

Finally, due to Covid 19, we will not be holding any indoor training sessions this season.

BC Soccer Announces Faly Academy’s Achievement of Charter Membership Status

Faly Academy is honoured to have recently received the Standard One Club Charter status from BC Soccer. It is the highest standard of membership for a soccer academy in BC, and we gratefully thank BC Soccer for its guidance during the process. To achieve Charter Status, organizations are asked to complete a series of mandates in the governance, administration, and technical aspects of their operation, with the aim of providing best practices to their members.  In addition to realizing higher standards for players, coaches, referees and parents, BC Soccer offers Charter members additional support and recognition.

Among the Charter criteria, is mandatory criminal record checks for every single coach and team official, along with adherence to Canada Soccer’s Long-Term Player Development stages.  BC Soccer visits each club that opts into the program to help them plan and work toward achieving all the standards outlined.

Click here for BC Soccer’s Announcement.

Athos Michellepis de Siqueira Joins Langara Falcons

Faly Academy would like to congratulate Athos Michellepis de Siqueira for being selected to join the Langara Falcons’ Mens Soccer team. All the best Athos!

Sean Salen – A Faly Academy Player Spotlight

Joining Faly Academy in 2017, Sean Salen has been setting the tone for achievements including winning the 2019 BC Soccer U21 Doug Day Provincial Cup.

At 5’8 and 160 pounds (72.5kilo), Salen has filled out into a well oiled machine for Faly Academy’s U-21 back line. At the fullback position, he hounds the opposition for the ball and is a key piece of Faly's build-up play. Salen had also participated in the Academy’s travel team that had a quarter finals finish in the 2017 Paris World Games.

Following the Langara Falcons’ national run in 2018, Sean was recruited as one of the new rookies to the Falcons squad. Having 5 starts and 11 games played in his first year, Sean was getting plenty of Pacwest league experience under 2018 coach of the year, Mark Rizzardo.

As the Falcons fall season has ended, we would like to welcome Sean back and are excited to see him back in action in our VMSL U-21 games with our team comfortably in first place.

Faly Academy Elite Teams Compete in Paris World Games 2019

Faly Academy’s U11, U13 and U15 Elite teams competed in the 2019 Paris World Games on July 6 – 13, 2019. Faly Academy Elite Teams produced their best results to date in the last 3 out of 4 years attending this tournament.

U15 Elite Boys Team

U15 Elite boys team placed 1st in their group stage.

The U15 Elite boys team worked their way into the final facing the FC Gobelins Paris who they previously defeated 2 – 1. In the final, FC Gobelins Paris defeated Faly Academy 2 -1 leaving Faly Academy at 2nd place overall in the tournament.

Watch the U15 boys Final here:

U13 Elite Boys Team

The U13 Elite Faly Academy boys team made it through to the Playoff A pool. They won their first match 2 – 0 against Spartak Tashkent from Uzbekistan, and then won the quarter final 3-2 against AAS Fresnes from Paris, France. In the semi-final, Faly Academy U13 lost 2 – 1 again Makati Football Club from the Philippines.

Watch the quarter final win here:

 

U11 Elite Boys Team:

The U11 Elite Boys team struggled to find a win in the group stage, but turned around by dominating the Playoff B ladder and became the U11 B Champions. Congratulations boys!

Watch the U11 B Final here:

Faly Academy Elite Teams Attend FC Metz Development Camp

Faly Academy’s U11, U13 and U15 Elite teams attended FC Metz’s development camp once again. The elite team players roomed and boarded at FC Metz’s official centre de formation from June 27-July 7 for intense training and team building activities.

Checkout what the kids have to say about the experience here:

French: https://youtu.be/keSp8PJX-uM

English (U15): https://youtu.be/ypJtBQj_2dI

English (U13): https://youtu.be/PqaglISX1kU

Portuguese: https://youtu.be/PqaglISX1kU

Spanish: https://youtu.be/xxAAfckcOVY

 

Faly Academy U21 Win the 2019 BC Soccer U21 Doug Day Provincial Cup

Faly Academy’s U21 Elite team has won the 2019 BC Soccer U21 Doug Day Provincial Cup. They defeated West Van FC’s U21 team in penalty shootouts. This is Faly Academy’s first provincial cup win as an associate member of BC Soccer.

Checkout BC Soccer news excerpt of this match and other provincial finals here.

The match was streamed live and can be watched on YouTube here:

 

Faly Academy Announces Associate Membership with BC Soccer

Faly Academy is pleased to announce that we are officially Associate Members of BC Soccer.

This membership will enable Faly Academy to participate in all tournaments within our province and across Canada, and schedule friendly games with any BC Soccer member teams.

There are many exciting changes on the horizon for soccer in Canada and British Columbia and as an Academy that strives to ensure excellence in soccer development in this country, we’re excited about this new partnership and look forward to a very positive future with both BC Soccer and Canada Soccer.

5 Faly Academy Athletes Selected for BCSPL Teams for 2018-2019 Season

Faly Academy would like to congratulate DJ Morretto (U16 MUFC), Edwin Espinal (U14 MUFC),  Elias Bejaoui (U13 MUFC), Parham Mazdak (U13 MUFC) and Fernando Espinal (U13 Fusion FC) for being selected to join the BCSPL teams for 2018/2019 season.

All five players have worked hard over the years to improve and advance their level of play. The entire coaching staff and players from the academy wish them great success this season in the BCSPL league.

Technical Director Attains Canada Soccer National B Coaching License

Faly Academy’s Technical Director, Faly Basse, has successfully attained his Canada Soccer National B Coaching License.

Faly proudly joins the ranks of a select number of Canadian soccer coaches that have this level of coaching certification. In 2019, Faly plans to begin the rigorous and challenging certification process towards achieving his National A license.

New Partnership Launched with Options Solutions For Faly Academy Players

As part of Faly Academy’s Elite Athlete program, Faly Academy has partnered with Options Solutions to provide our academy’s Elite players with complimentary educational workshops regarding the recruitment process in Canada and the United States.

On October 17th, 2018, Melinda Giampietro, President of Options Solutions, presented an extremely informative workshop which explored the truths and myths of recruitment, academic preparation, the new NCAA rules, and recruitment timelines. Melinda pinpointed the critical steps required to help ensure that our athletes get themselves “on the board” and “seen” by U.S. and Canadian coaches. Melinda will be connecting with our athletes once again this season. Visit Options Solutions website here.

FC Metz Training and Game Update for Faly Academy Players

Faly Academy currently has 4 players training at FC Metz in Metz, France since the beginning of September 2018. Anastazi Ahayo (U19), Lachlan Will (U16) and Luka Assaf (U15) played with the U19 FC Metz team in their first match together on Tuesday Oct 9th. FC Metz team defeated their local Metz rival, UL Plantiére U19, 2 – 1.

Faly Academy’s 4th player at FC Metz, Declan Fremont, has been injured and will start training again this week.

Special thanks to Mathieu Hohlfeld for the match photos.

Travel teams head to train at FC METZ and San Marino Tournament

Our U15 and U16 Boys 2018 travel teams are currently training at the FC METZ Youth training facility which includes a rigorous schedule of on and off the field sessions and a series of games against Select Metz and Luxembourg teams. They are in preparation for the next phase of their journey. The teams then travel to compete in the San Marino Cup.

Sean Campbell joins the Academy as the Director of Sports Health

Sean has been involved in elite sport for more than 25 years as an athlete, therapist and Performance Consultant. His competitive career highlights included the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, a Pan American Games gold medal and eight National Championships in field hockey. Sean, owner of Cypress Health and Physiotherapy, currently works as an Athletic Performance and Rehabilitation Consultant.